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This poem was submitted for the "Poetry for the Mind's Joy" project and is reproduced here with permission from the author. All rights reserved. Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that includes a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.

The past follows, stalks, hunts

relentless, endless, exhausting pursuit.

Like a suffocating fog,

overwhelming, overpowering

thick with despair and blackened with memories

it leaves its prey

cornered, heaving, and gasping for peace

in the labyrinth of the present.

Fear, dread, panic, a pleading struggle

until finally, a submergence, a drowning in the depths of melancholy.

Relentless, endless, exhausting the pursued

the past follows, the past stalks,

            the past Hunts.

Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, MI
Faculty Contact: Lucy Zimmerman